Dialogue helps make us human. We humans are relational mammals who seem to be designed to seek connection with each other and our larger world. Through dialogue, we can learn to better understand ourselves and others, and we can develop sustainable cooperative and intimate relationships. Dialogue challenges us to do some of the most difficult work humans can do, so that we can achieve the highest levels of development humans can reach. Such work requires uncovering our personal and collective histories as well as the complex emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual reactions we experience in our interactions with others. In dialogue, we can ultimately learn to know and love ourselves and others, make meaning out of suffering, and ultimately co-create ...
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